John C. Riley is unbelievably talented. Still, I kept losing concentration because the plot of the book is simply not that compelling. Were it not for the great narrator, I probably wouldn't have been able to get through the whole book.
Mystic of the Real
Great story with a fantastic narrator! Stories like these are why classics are given such strong merit.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
The 1960’s is the era of “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out”, a phrase coined by LSD maven Dr. Timothy Leary. It is an era that reflects on the inherent conflict between the individual and the collective. A fellow LSD experimenter is Ken Kesey, a University of Oregon graduate, who writes his first successful novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. This 50th Anniversary Edition awakens memories of those who experienced the era and/or watched the movie or play of the same title.
Kesey became an icon of individualism and the counter-culture with “…the Cuckoo’s Nest” and his second book, “Sometimes a Great Notion”. Both books became emotionally charged tragic movies about organizational dysfunction. The story of “…the Cuckoo’s Nest” takes place in a Oregon insane asylum; the second takes place in the Oregon woods. “…the Cuckoo’s Nest” stars academy award winner Jack Nicholson; the second stars Paul Newman.
The consequence of McMurphy’s actions in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” reveals the potential tyranny of organizations. John Reilly’s narration is an apt tribute to Kesey’s insight to the nature of human beings.
John Riley's narration is excellent. I found myself laughing at unexpected times during the story
I was hesitant getting this, expecting it would fail to meet my memory of reading the book so long ago. it's worth the risk, John C Reilly did a great job, and the story is still as strong as ever.
I loved the inside look at mental health facilities this book gave. I've somehow managed to avoid seeing the movie so it was all new to me. One of my top books of all time.
The main character, McMurphy, raising hell is hilarious.
John C Reilly rocked this reading. I can't put into words how entertaining he was to listen to. None of his characters sounded the same, didn't even sound like him at all.
I just finished it and almost want to start it again.
McMurphy gives an impassioned speech pretty early into the book about the virtue of trying -- regardless of outcome. It was very moving.